Leaders of the Odi community as well as the Bayelsa state government are calling and hammering on the federal government led by President Muhammadu Buhari, through the Ecological Fund Office, to come to the community’s aid after heavy rains, destroyed houses and property which are worth millions of naira into the nearby River Nun.
According to further report, the heavy rain in Odi community in Bayelsa state destroyed electricity cables, there by making the community have a blackout.
The Odi Community Council of Chiefs has beckoned on FG to approve the Odi shoreline protection project as the river has again overflowed its banks, destroyed four houses and a large portion of the major road in the community.
The Chairman of Odi Community Development Committee (CDC) identified as Goddy Niweigha, stated:
“we are pleading with President Muhammadu Buhari to come to our aid and ensure that the approval process is fast tracked. Time is of essence, as you can see, Odi community is on the verge of being washed away by the River Nun.”
In addition, Governor of Bayelsa state, Seriake Dickson, who visited the community where the incident occurred, called on the federal government to intervene.
Governor Seriake Dickson said:
We have seen the devastation caused by the landslide and this is not something new to most of our communities. We have the Ecological Fund managed by the Federal Government and these are the purposes for which it was set up. It was for people who actually need that type of intervention.
The situation in Odi is pathetic; our prayers are with the people of this community and its leadership. I have seen the houses destroyed and swept into the river but no life was lost.
We will not wait for the Federal Government or its intervention agencies. It would be nice if they come to our aid like they ought to and I will make that request but seeing our people in this state, despite the funding constraint, we will still start something immediately.